Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

Adrian Antonio Paling and Kendall Jackman Lecture

6:30 p.m.

Adrian + Kendall played seminal roles in the latest initiative by Picture The Homeless, entitled Banking On Vacancy–an innovative approach to understanding homelessness through the collective mapping of NYC's abandon spaces. 

Adrian Antonio Palingis the new Housing Organizer at Picture The Homeless. He was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx. His desire to become an organizer began while attending an Urban History class at Lehman College and learning about New York’s legacy of displacement.  As a student, he worked with the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance fighting for community input in development processes in the Bronx. He also helped start a Minor in Urban Community Development that focuses on creating a pipeline of professionals back into the communities that they are from. He started his career in organizing as a Student Organizer working for NYPIRG fighting for social justice issues at Brooklyn College.

Kendall Jackman,  Housing Campaign Leader at Picture The Homeless, was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, is a former postal worker who is currently homeless. Prior to her appointment with the Postal Service, she worked as a receptionist among other jobs. She grew up in a household where her grandfather, who was a Garveyite, ran his own business. Her parents and uncle were union members. Discussing history and politics with her grandfather, and helping her father with his union work, stoked the activist fire in her blood that she was born with. While in Junior High School, when seven students were shot at Jackson State, an Historic Black College, during a student protest of the Vietnam War (getting only a fraction of the media coverage than Kent State), she and her fellow students took over their own school for one week in solidarity protest.  As a member of the original students to attend South Shore High School (first graduating class), she was confronted by racism.  For two and a half weeks, she and her fellow students rioted against each other. She was one of a small group of students selected to form the first Leadership Class to address these issues. In later years, she was active in her union. 

This evening's conversation will undoubtedly provide amazing insight into the practice of participatory research. 


6 East 16th Street, Room 1203

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served